Shovels have turned the first dirt in the construction of Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C.’s long-awaited Line 6 Expansion Project. Alba made the announcement of same this past Sunday.
The new line is slated to cover an area of 150 acres and require an earthwork cut-and-fill volume of 63.6 million square feet of dirt. Companies local to Bahrain were chosen for the lion’s share of the work, including the more cost-effective and time-sensitive surface mining needed to prepare the ground for Alba’s sixth potline.
Alba estimates that, as of last week, forty percent of necessary excavations have been completed. They expect that the project will be done and dusted by the end of September.
“Line 6 Expansion Project has started to take shape with the site being mobilized for preparation work – one of the major activities – which will ensure the rapid start of construction activities,” explained Alba’s Chairman of Board of Directors Shaikh Daij Bin Salman Bin Daij Al Khalifa. “We are also very pleased that the site-works contracts have been awarded to local Bahraini companies as that will bring significant opportunities for the Kingdom’s local businesses and economy.”
Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C., or simply Alba, is one of the largest industrial companies in the Middle East and is one of the top 10 largest aluminium producers in the world. Originally incorporated in 1968, the company is based in Bahrain and 87% of its total workforce are Bahraini nationals. It began operations in 1971 with a 120,000 metric ton annual capacity. Modernization bumped the output up to 450,000 metric tons in 1992. In the spring of 2005, Alba opened Line 5, raising output by 860,000 metric tons per year. Maximum output for the smelter is in the neighborhood of 1.2 million metric tons per year.